Manchester Metropolitan University

Information Systems

This conversion course is aimed at graduates from a non-computing discipline.

Information Systems is concerned with software (and to a lesser extent hardware) that gathers, stores, processes and manages data and communications within an organisation and is at the heart of any large scale enterprise. The key areas of study are databases, object oriented programming, systems analysis, networks, digital media systems and information systems management and strategy. The course is designed to enable a career change to Information Systems or update and broaden knowledge and skills if you are already working in the field.

A third of your MSc will consist of a solo Information Systems project with individual supervision normally in a non-technical area. This is supported by a series of seminars/workshops, but the emphasis is on student-centred learning and recognises expectations about student autonomy, typical of postgraduate level and also is part of the strategy to enhance your employability through the development of confidence, self-awareness and self-sufficiency. It is possible to switch between MSc Information Systems and MSc Computing as you develop your areas of specialism and own interests in this exciting field.

Features and benefits of the course:
- The School has an extensive range of equipment in our own specialist laboratories which is supported by a dedicated team of technical staff.
- Research in the School was rated 'internationally excellent' with some rated 'world-leading' in the 2014 Research Excellence Framework (REF).
- Our online virtual learning platform Moodle, provides access to lectures, course materials and assessment information.
- Classes are concentrated on certain days of the week to facilitate part-time students' attendance and allow full-time students to undertake part-time employment if necessary.
- The School of Computing, Mathematics and Digital Technology is a member of the Oracle Academy.
- We are an academic partner of the Institute of Information Security Professionals (IISP). This partner status recognises our expertise in the field of information and cyber security.
- We are also an Academy of the Computer Technology Industry Association (CompTIA) and deliver their partner programme which provides a pathway for students towards a rewarding, high-growth IT career.

Entry requirements

Open to non-computing graduates with at least a second-class honours degree or to those with a good sub-degree qualification in computing and substantial relevant work experience in computing.


Students often choose to buy a laptop in their first year however there are PCs in campus and students can borrow laptops.

Students can choose to join the BCS at any point in their study. It is not required but is useful. The annual charge is identified for every year there is also an option to take course membership for £57.


Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Fee locale Course duration
MSc Part-time September 2017 2,175 (Year 1) Channel Islands 3 3 Years
MSc Part-time September 2017 2,175 (Year 1) International 3 3 Years
MSc Part-time September 2017 1,260 (Year 1) Home/EU 3 3 Years
MSc Full-time September 2017 1 1 Years
MSc Full-time September 2018 1 1 Years

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